Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70 16.1 MP Digital Camera with 60x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-Inch LCD (Black)

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70 16.1 MP Digital Camera with 60x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-Inch LCD (Black)

Life is more than a single moment captured in time. Panasonic understands that and delivers advanced multimedia technology in the LUMIX DMC-FZ70. Bring the action in super close with a 60X optical zoom. Discover the optical performance of the DMC-FZ70 with an amazing 20mm wide-angle to 1200mm (60X) long zoom, making it a category class leader. Video and photos appear bright in low-lit conditions with the F2.8-5.9 lens. Combined with optical image stabilization, both long zoom photos and videos are sharp and blur free. Experience Full 1080/60i HD Panasonic Video recording with auto focus from the DMC-FZ70. Achieve crystal clear audio utilizing a unique microphone that eliminates ambient noise and wind sound with the stunning clarity of Dolby Digital. This amazing microphone even zooms with the camera to precisely zero in on the audio coming from your subject. Be Inspired With In Camera Creative Controls and Creative Retouch Expand Your Vision With Creative Panoramic Effects Amazing Low Light 16.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor Never Miss A Shot Even With Action Photography with Blazing Fast Speeds up to 9fpsSpecifications Sensor – 1/2.3-inch High Sensitivity MOS sensor / 16.1 Megapixels Effective / Primary Color Filter Lens – F2.8 – 5.9 LUMIX DC VARIO Lens, Focal Length = 3.58 – 215 mm (20 – 1200 mm in 35 mm equiv.) Optical Zoom – 60x Intelligent Zoom – 120x Conversion Lens Compatibility – Yes Optical Image Stabilizer – POWER O.I.S. (On / Off) LCD – 3.0-inch TFT Screen LCD Display (460K dots, 100% FOV) Viewfinder – 0.20 Color EVF (202K dots 100% FOV) Built-in Flash – Yes Microphone / Speaker – Stereo / Mono Media – 200MB Built-in Memory and SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card File Format – Still Image – JPEG (DCF/Exif 2.3), RAW, DPOF; 3D Image – MPO; Motion Picture – AVCHD, MP4 Still Image – Up to 4 – 3 4608 x 3456(16M) / 16 – 9 4608 x 2592 (12M) Motion Picture – Up to HD

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Rolla Gravett "Rolla Gravett" says:

Lots of Zoom! Low Noise! So far I am happy! The is going to be a quick review on the camera and I will add more as time goes on. The FZ70 takes really good sharp photos, but hand held might be a problem in lower light levels. I went out yesterday evening and took some shots hand held and they all came out blurry. I should have paid more attention to the shutter speed.The camera works fantastically in iA, which is the auto mode. I mainly use Aperture but was impressed with the auto settings.It will go with a 60 second exposure in the Starry Sky Mode, which is under the SCN mode on the main dial.The lens thread is 55mm so if you plan on using your filters from any other Pany camera, you will need a 55 to 52mm Step Down Adapter. Amazon has them for cheap. I don’t think vignetting will be a problem using 52mm filters as the lens is way smaller than the filter threads on the camera. Here is the 55 to 52mm Step Down Adapter.The camera has no shutter remote cord jack, so a shutter release cable will not work. My Yongnuo YN-560 flash will not work on the camera either. It physically hits the camera flash housing, which is raised a little. The answer to that is to use a wireless flash trigger with the Yongnuo Flash and that works fine.Addition: I looked at the Yongnuo flash again and it will fit on the camera, but it is a tight fit between the camera flash and the Yongnuo flash housing. I modified the Yongnuo flash by taking some of the plastic off the flash housing where the camera flash is hitting, with a pencil grinder. It doesn’t take much, and it is right in the middle of the housing. You could remove some of the plastic in the flash housing with sandpaper, but it would take longer, but will also give you more control of how much plastic you are taking off. Now my Yongnuo Flash works perfectly on the FZ70 camera!The video does not have a progressive setting. Interpolated is the best you are going to get with this camera.The FZ70 does not have a jack for a shutter release cable and does not have an infrared input either. The camera has to be set to a timer delay within the camera for 2 or 10 seconds. If it was a Sony or Canon, the timer is set and stays on till you shut it off. Unfortunately this camera requires you set the timer delay for each and every photo.The longest the camera will go on exposure under the Shutter or Manual Mode is 8 seconds. In the Starry Sky Mode it will go 15, 30, and 60 seconds.Like I said the lens thread is 55mm so your filters will have to be that size or use an adapter. The camera will use a teleconverter with the DMW-LA8 adapter, which is not available yet. Addition: Those LA8 adapters are available on Ebay now. They are being sold out of Japan though. I had that happen with the FZ200 camera as well and had no problem getting one from a Japanese Ebay member. There are several teleconverters that work well with this camera, but may not be needed as this lens rocks as far as zoom goes!It will take Raw pictures, but no one is supporting the FZ70 Raw files yet. It will come. Added: I found that FastStone will support the Raw files from the FZ70 and it is much better than Silkypix, in my opinion. Just Google FastStone and download and install the software. It is free.Start up time is very fast. I was able to take a picture in one second after turning the camera on.The focus button is on the top of the camera now. The AF/MF/Macro button is on the right side of the LCD instead of on the camera lens.One thing I have noticed with this camera is the noise, or should I say the lack of noise! The shots I took at ISO 800 and ISO 1600 still look pretty good, and at ISO 100 noise is hard to find.The camera will zoom to 60X (1200mm 35mm Equivalent) in the 16mp picture size. Setting the picture size to 10mp will give you 75X zoom, setting the size to 7mp will give you 90X, at 5mp you get 108X and at 3mp is 135X. This is Extended Optical Zoom. If you need more zoom than that, under IResolution, use I-Zoom for an additional 2X at all picture sizes and digital will give another 2X, but image quality will suffer. I took some shots at the 10mp picture size with I-Zoom on, and the photos in my photo software are showing 3030mm zoom and they look amazingly good! I will post a link to some shots in the first comment on the review.There are two FN buttons on the camera that can be set the way you want them to be. I set FN 1 button to Bracketing and FN 2 button to Flash Control. I may change them as time goes on, but I find it really great to be able to get Bracketing with the push of a button.I don’t care much for the lens cap,…

C C. says:

Excellent I upgraded from FZ60/2 to this model as I wanted ability to shoot in RAW format, hotshoe for flash and for the extra zoom.All round I am extremely pleased with camera: handles well and feels solid and chunky but not too heavy. The zoom is outstanding – optical to x60 excellent and the digital iZoom doubles this with no loss in image size and manageable loss in quality, there is more digital zoom on top of this but then noise really starts to become unacceptable. In amongst all the zooming options I shouldn’t forget to mention the wide angle ability (20mm) which is significantly better on this model and excellent both for landscapes and indoorsAlso pleased with clarity and simplicity but also the depth, of the menu settings and ease of access – normal via menu button, quick menu button and via scroll dial plus two customisable shortcuts. This has made using the manual settings straightforward. One other plus point is the start up speed – I would estimate at approx 1 second.Picture quality has been very pleasing from macro to zoom – even on large PC monitor displayDownsides – no real negatives – I’d have liked the LCD not to be fixed but really just a quibble rather then a complaint Extremely pleased I upgraded and delighted with the camera’s performance. Hope this helps

S. Hock "slhimages" says:

Don’t rush to judgement! I’ve only had mine a few days so my testing is admittedly limited. Please do not give up on this camera unless you have made some very careful tripod shots. Yes, this camera is hard to hold steady as is any 300+ mm lens. The stabilizer is good but cannot overcome everything. Hand holding 1200mm is a tough job and requires excellent technique and a degree of luck!I used a heavy Bogen tripod on solid cement and made very careful shots at about 50yds and 75yds (auto focus) throughout the available f range at max zoom. I was quite surprised at the resolving power of the lens using ISO 100.My Nikon D5000 and Nikkor 70 – 300 EDIF zoom in RAW mode, on the same subject, is barely sharper.Laugh if you will, but I used the SilkyPix software to examine the RAW and jpeg images. I did not find a difference even worth mentioning in raw and jpeg modes. I did not use the default picture settings in the camera. SilkyPix works just fine if you take a bit of time to learn to use it. I also own PhotoShop and have used it for over 20 years, so it’s not like I didn’t have a choice.All images benefited from a bit of post processing just as all my D5000 and P7700 images do.I can see how some users might easily rush to judgement on this camera. But it shouldn’t be about lens sharpness. Hold it steady and it will deliver very good results. Many of the review sites have not done a real good job of testing the camera yet. Buy it and make your own carefully controlled tests, then decide.Hand held tests at very high magnifications are totally INVALID for lens critiquing purposes. Few people can hold that long lens steady enough. High ISOs will certainly help keep shutter speeds high, but it’s the high ISO NOISE then that will ruin the image sharpness .. not the lens.Use a SOLID tripod to test the long zoom for yourself. Do it at ISO 100 first.At my work, photographing motorcycles indoors, hand held, under less than optimal lighting, I have used the camera at ISO 1200. Plenty of noise but these images are used at 1024 x 768 (72 dpi) on the internet. The noise at that size and resolution is invisible and the available light shots are quite usable..The weakness I see and have not found a solution for is highlight clipping. In my tests, light subjects were hard to hold detail in. Perhaps further experimentation with the picture controls may help. Noise seems to creep in early too.We can’t have it all. Twenty to 1200mm is an amazing accomplishment for Panasonic. Remember this is a consumer level camera. At this price point it seems to represent a very good value and a very versatile photographic tool. Perfect? No. None of them are.My previous Panasonic was an FZ35 which, once I learned to use it properly, was an truly excellent camera. This one probably has a steep learning curve too.Giving a star rating was hard. With so little testing I hated to rate it yet. Too low … too high??My advice is forget the “stars” and test the camera on YOUR own favorite subjects, then decide if it’s any good. But, be fair to the camera and be sure any problems you encounter aren’t YOUR personal technique problems.


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